The Marks of a New Testament Church
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
What kind of church does the Lord Jesus Christ need for the last days of this millennium? Is this the age of the Laodicean church? In Revelation 3:17 the Laodicean church is described as "rich, and increased in goods, and in need of nothing; and knowing not that they are wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked."
God looked at that church and He saw how weak, how anemic, how emaciated, how powerless it was.
That is not the kind of church that the Lord Jesus Christ needs in this critical hour. The world is not waiting for a new definition of the gospel, but for a new demonstration of its power. The hour is too late for another denomination to be born. There may be time for one last sweeping, weeping and reaping revival before the return of Christ, and churches need to decide if they want to get in on what God is up to.
It appears to me that the church today is made up of three kinds of people. Number one, the church is made up of people who are lost. They've joined the church, but they never have been born again. They're starched and ironed, but they've never been washed in the blood of Jesus Christ. Oh, they may be religious, but they're lost. They have never genuinely been born again.
And then there are those people who have been saved, but they have long since ceased to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. They're walking about in the swaddling clothes of an infantile faith. As the old saying goes, they are "saved, sanctified, galvanized and petrified." They are about as much value to the kingdom of God as an aspirin dispensary in a leper colony. And then, thirdly, there are those who are really sold out to the Lord Jesus Christ. They are filled with the Spirit; they are prayer warriors; they are students of the Word of God; they are soul-winners; they are faithfully fulfilling a ministry in the name of Jesus for the glory of God.
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